Colossians 3:25
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New International Version
Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.

New Living Translation
But if you do what is wrong, you will be paid back for the wrong you have done. For God has no favorites.

English Standard Version
For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.

New American Standard Bible
For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality.

King James Bible
But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the wrongdoer will be paid back for whatever wrong he has done, and there is no favoritism.

International Standard Version
For the person who does what is wrong will be paid back for what he has done without favoritism.

NET Bible
For the one who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there are no exceptions.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But he pays the wrongdoer according to what he does wrong, and there is no favoritism.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The person who does wrong will be paid back for the wrong he has done. God does not play favorites.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But he that does wrong shall receive the wrong which he has done, now that there is no respect of persons.

King James 2000 Bible
But he that does wrong shall receive for the wrong which he has done: and there is no respect of persons.

American King James Version
But he that does wrong shall receive for the wrong which he has done: and there is no respect of persons.

American Standard Version
For he that doeth wrong shall receive again for the wrong that he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For he that doth wrong, shall receive for that which he hath done wrongfully: and there is no respect of persons with God.

Darby Bible Translation
For he that does a wrong shall receive the wrong he has done, and there is no respect of persons.

English Revised Version
For he that doeth wrong shall receive again for the wrong that he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

Webster's Bible Translation
But he that doeth wrong, will receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

Weymouth New Testament
The man who perpetrates a wrong will find the wrong repaid to him; and with God there are no merely earthly distinctions.

World English Bible
But he who does wrong will receive again for the wrong that he has done, and there is no partiality.

Young's Literal Translation
and he who is doing unrighteously shall receive what he did unrighteously, and there is no acceptance of persons.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:18-25 The epistles most taken up in displaying the glory of the Divine grace, and magnifying the Lord Jesus, are the most particular in pressing the duties of the Christian life. We must never separate the privileges and duties of the gospel. Submission is the duty of wives. But it is submission, not to a severe lord or stern tyrant, but to her own husband, who is engaged to affectionate duty. And husbands must love their wives with tender and faithful affection. Dutiful children are the most likely to prosper. And parents must be tender, as well as children obedient. Servants are to do their duty, and obey their masters' commands, in all things consistent with duty to God their heavenly Master. They must be both just and diligent; without selfish designs, or hypocrisy and disguise. Those who fear God, will be just and faithful when from under their master's eye, because they know they are under the eye of God. And do all with diligence, not idly and slothfully; cheerfully, not discontented at the providence of God which put them in that relation. And for servants' encouragement, let them know, that in serving their masters according to the command of Christ, they serve Christ, and he will give them a glorious reward at last. But, on the other hand, he who doeth wrong, shall receive for the wrong which he hath done. God will punish the unjust, as well as reward the faithful servant; and the same if masters wrong their servants. For the righteous Judge of the earth will deal justly between master and servant. Both will stand upon a level at his tribunal. How happy would true religion make the world, if it every where prevailed, influenced every state of things, and every relation of life! But the profession of those persons who are regardless of duties, and give just cause for complaint to those they are connected with, deceives themselves, as well as brings reproach on the gospel.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 25. - For he that doeth wrong shall receive again that he did wrong; and there is no respect of persons (Ephesians 6:8, 9; Philippians 1:28; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-7; 1 Peter 1:17; Romans 2:11; Galatians 2:6). "For" is replaced by "but" in the same inferior copies which insert it in the last sentence. Here we have the ether side of the recompense promised in ver. 24 a, to which the explanatory "for" points back. The impartial justice which avenges every wrong guarantees the reward of the faithful servant of Christ. So the Old Testament saints rightly argued (Psalm 37:9-11; Psalm 58:10, 11; Psalm 64:7-10) that the punishment of the evil doer affords hope to the righteous man. This warning is quite general in its terms, and applies alike to the unfaithful servant and to the unjust master (comp. Ephesians 6:8). At the judgment seat of Christ there will be no favouritism: all ranks and orders of men will stand on precisely the same footing (Colossians 3:11). The word ἀδικέω, twice employed here, denotes a legal wrong or injury (1 Corinthians 6:7, 8); e.g. the conduct of Onesimus towards Philemon (ver. 18). The verb "receive" (κομίζομαι, carry off, gain; Ephesians 6:8; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Peter 5:4; Matthew 25:27) looks more to the receiver, whereas ἀπολήμψεσθε ἀπό (ver. 24) points to the giver. Προσωπολημψία (literally, accepting of the face) is a pure Hebraism, found in St. James twice, and four times in St. Paul. The apostle turns from the slave to address his master. Ch. 4:1. - Ye lords, show just dealing and fairness to your servants [bondmen] (Ephesians 6:8, 9; Matthew 18:23-35; Luke 6:31). The verb "show" (παρέχεσθε, afford, render) is middle in voice, and, as in Luke 7:4 and Titus 2:7, implies spontaneity - "show on your part," "of yourselves." Τὸ δίκαιον ("the just"), a concrete expression, denotes the justice of the master's dealing (comp. τὸ χρηστόν in Romans 2:4, "the kind dealing of God"). Τὴν ἰσότητα gives the principle by which he is to be guided, that of equity, fairness (so Alford, Ellicott, Lightfoot). "Equity is the mother of Justice" (Philo, 'On the Creation of Magistrates,' § 14; see other illustrations in Lightfoot). Meyer contends for the stricter sense, "equality" (2 Corinthians 8:13, 14) - i.e. of Church status and brotherhood (Philemon 1:16; Colossians 3:11). But the context suggests no such special reference; it deals with the family and social relationship of master and servant "Equity" is a well-established sense of the Greek word. The law of equity bearing on all human relations Christ has laid down in Luke 6:31. Here is the germinal principle of the abolition of slavery. Moral equity, as realized by the Christian consciousness, was sure in course of time to bring about legal equality. Knowing that ye also have a Lord in heaven (Colossians 2:6; Ephesians 6:9; 1 Corinthians 7:22; Philippians 2:11; Romans 14:9; Revelation 17:14; Revelation 19:16). (On "knowing," see ver. 24 a.) "Ye also," for Christ is "both their Lord and yours" (Ephesians 6:9, Revised Text). The lordship of Christ dominates the whole Epistle (Colossians 1:15, 18; Colossians 2:6, 10, 19, etc.). The assertion that the proud master who deemed his fellow man his chattel is himself a mere slave of Christ, sets Christ's authority in a vivid and striking light. This consideration makes the Christian master apprehensive as to his treatment of his dependents. He is "in heaven" (Colossians 3:1; Ephesians 1:21; Ephesians 6:9; Ephesians 4:10; Philippians 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 2 Thessalonians 1:7; Acts 3:21; John 3:13; John 8:23; Hebrews 9:24), the seat of Divine authority and glory, whence he shall soon return to judgment (comp. Psalm 76:8; Romans 1:18).





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But he that doth wrong,.... Which may be understood, both of servants that do wrong to their masters through sloth and idleness, neglecting their business, embezzling their masters' goods, and defrauding them of their substance; and of masters that injure their servants by withholding from them proper food, and raiment; by cheating them of their wages, either giving them none at all, or too little, or detaining them too long, and by giving them bad language, and hard blows, and such like severe usage:

shall receive for the wrong which he hath done; either in this world, or in the other; God will avenge all such injuries, sooner or later; so that these words may be considered either as said with a view to deter servants from evil practices, or to comfort them under the maltreatment they may meet with from cruel masters:

and there is no respect of persons. The Vulgate Latin and Arabic Versions add, "with God"; which undoubtedly is the sense; he regards not the rich more than the poor; he makes no difference between bond and free, the servant and the master; he will not take the part of the one, because he is a master, nor neglect, the other, because he is a servant, but will do that which is just and right with regard to them both; See Gill on Ephesians 6:9.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

25. But—The oldest manuscripts read, "for," which accords with "serve ye," &c. (Col 3:24), the oldest reading: the for here gives a motive for obeying the precept. He addresses the slaves: Serve ye the Lord Christ, and leave your wrongs in His hands to put to rights: (translate), "For he that doeth wrong shall receive back the wrong which he hath done (by just retribution in kind), and there is no respect of persons" with the Great Judge in the day of the Lord. He favors the master no more than the slave (Re 6:15).

Colossians 3:25 Additional Commentaries
Context
Christian Households
24knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. 25For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality.
Cross References
Deuteronomy 10:17
For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes.

Job 34:19
who shows no partiality to princes and does not favor the rich over the poor, for they are all the work of his hands?

Matthew 16:27
For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father's glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.

Acts 10:34
Then Peter began to speak: "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism

Ephesians 6:8
because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.

Ephesians 6:9
And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.

2 Thessalonians 1:6
God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you
Treasury of Scripture

But he that does wrong shall receive for the wrong which he has done: and there is no respect of persons.

he that.

1 Corinthians 6:7,8 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because you go …

1 Thessalonians 4:6 That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because …

Philemon 1:18 If he has wronged you, or owes you ought, put that on my account;

receive.

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every …

Hebrews 2:2 For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression …

and.

Colossians 4:1 Masters, give to your servants that which is just and equal; knowing …

Leviticus 19:15 You shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: you shall not respect …

Deuteronomy 1:17 You shall not respect persons in judgment; but you shall hear the …

Deuteronomy 10:17 For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great …

2 Samuel 14:14 For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which …

2 Chronicles 19:7 Why now let the fear of the LORD be on you; take heed and do it: …

Job 34:19 How much less to him that accepts not the persons of princes, nor …

Job 37:24 Men do therefore fear him: he respects not any that are wise of heart.

Luke 20:21 And they asked him, saying, Master, we know that you say and teach …

Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that …

Romans 2:11 For there is no respect of persons with God.

Ephesians 6:9 And, you masters, do the same things to them, forbearing threatening: …

1 Peter 1:17 And if you call on the Father, who without respect of persons judges …

Jude 1:16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; …

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